AFL Division 1 (O’Rourke Cup)
There were some very interesting results last weekend in the final round of games before the start of the club championship.
The most eye-catching result in Division One was Strokestown 2-20 St. Brigid’s 0-14. Peter Domican made a welcome return for Brigid’s, who led by a point at half-time. But the game changed when two Brigid’s players and a Strokestown player were shown red cards for an incident early in the second half. Strokestown went on to win easily with county senior player Colin Compton scoring a very impressive 2-8.
Cian Connolly with 0-9, was the star for Roscommon Gaels as they beat Tulsk by 0-18 to 0-11 at Lisnamult. The sides were level at 0-7 each at half-time but the Gaels turned in an impressive second half performance to record a badly needed win.
Clann na nGael scored another impressive win when they had five points to spare against Pádraig Pearses at Johnstown. Clann led by 0-9 to 1-2 at half-time.
Kilmore and Elphin shared the spoils in a hard fought derby game at Kilmore. Paul Garvey scored a first half goal but Elphin led at the break by 0-8 to 1-3. Derek Connellan scored a fine second goal for Kilmore in the second half but five points each from Shane Killoran and Frankie Cregg secured a draw for Elphin.
Western Gaels pipped St. Croan’s by 1-15 to 3-7 in a high scoring game at Ballintubber. Western Gaels led by 1-6 to 1-2 at half-time. Goals from Shane Smyth in the first half and from Aidan Brogan and Kevin Smyth in the second half were not good enough to overcome a very impressive Gaels’ outfit whose goal came from a penalty in the first half.
AFL Division 2 (O’Gara Cup)
Fuerty were the impressive 2-16 to 0-11 winners against Éire Óg. County player Niall Kilroy was the star of the show with 0-9 while Christy Leahy scored the two Fuerty goals. Liam Creaton scored 0-6 for Éire Óg.
Goals from Kevin Farrell and Aidan Dooney saw St. Faithleach’s stroll to a 2-21 to 1-5 win against St. Dominic’s. Diarmuid Murtagh continued at midfield for the Ballyleague side.
High scoring Boyle continued on their winning ways when they beat junior champions Creggs by 3-14 to 1-8.
Oran got back on the winning trail when they had ten points to spare over Western Gaels (2-11 to 0-7).
Castlerea earned the bragging rights in the local derby when they beat Michael Glavey’s by 1-13 to 0-11.
AFL Division 3 (Tansey Cup)
St. Aidan’s continued their good form with an impressive win against Kilglass.
Kilbride easily accounted for Clann na nGael with Conor Devaney scoring 1-7.
Ballinameen pipped St. Barry’s by three points in what was a very closely fought encounter. The sides were level with ten minutes to go but Ballinameen got the final three points to win it.
St. Michael’s had four points to spare against Elphin on Saturday.